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Microstructural features and strength properties of weak pyroclastic rocks from Central Italy

Cecconi, M and Rotonda, T and Verrucci, L and Tommasi, P and Viggiani, G (2015) Microstructural features and strength properties of weak pyroclastic rocks from Central Italy. In: UNSPECIFIED pp. 107-108..

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Abstract

© 2016 Taylor & Francis Group, London. Large areas of Central and Southern Italy, where many historic towns are sited, are covered by pyroclastic materials. Their mechanical behaviour, at the border between weak rocks and granular soils, poses various problems in geotechnical modelling. The paper focuses on the results of an experimental study of the microstructural features and mechanical properties of three pyroclastic deposits: a weak pyroclastic rock from the Colli AlbaniVolcanic Complex, forming large areas of the subsoil of the city of Rome; one pozzolana and one tuff from theVulsiniVolcanic Complex, forming the slab on which thehistorical town of Orvieto is founded. The microstructural features are described with the aid of optical and electron scanning microscopy. The mechanical behaviour is investigated by means of a wide range ofconventional uniaxial and triaxial compression. The paper discusses the results of the experimental micro-structural and geotechnical investigation in order to find out common features among materials having the same depositional process and possible relationships between their microstructural features and strength.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div D > Geotechnical and Environmental
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2017 20:25
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2020 03:32
DOI: 10.1201/b18897-11